It’s hanami (or flower viewing in Japanese) time!? To celebrate that we have several new Cherry Themed teas.?
- Cherry Blossom -Sencha based with a divine sour cherry flavor
- Black Forest Temptation – a unique combination of Sencha and Mate with a cherry finish
- Sweet Cherry – A rooibos base with lovely bing cherry flavor
In addition, we have a new black tea from Vietnam.? It makes a wonderful morning tea, that you’ll soon add to your favorites list.
More to come!
Until the beginning of the 19th century, there was no formalized tea tradition in England. The now well known and popular “Afternoon Tea” was first introduced in the 1840s by Anna Maria, 7th Duchess of Bedford. Since the time between a light luncheon and the customary late dinner was long and she suffered from hunger pangs by mid-afternoon, she instructed her maid to serve a cup of tea together with a light refreshment in her boudoir.? The Duchess found this arrangement so pleasant that she soon started to invite her friends to join her for afternoon tea.? Before too long, what started in the Duchess’ boudoir quickly became a fashionable pastime for England’s aristocracy.? Afternoon Tea became a popular social event revolving around gossip and showing off the latest fashion while sipping tea. By the late 1860s, cook books and household manuals included detailed instructions on how to organize a tea party, what food to serve, where to place the furniture, what to wear and what entertainment to arrange.
This elegant, stylish afternoon was also at one time called “Low Tea” (because tea and refreshments were served on small, low tables) and should not be confused with the tradition of English “High Tea”.? Contrary to common belief, High Tea has nothing to do with “High Society”, but ? developed during the Industrial Revolution, when workers spent long days in factories, mines and offices. It consisted of a hearty and satisfying meal accompanied by a pot of tea. Unlike Afternoon tea which was and still is served in an elegant setting, High Tea is served in the kitchen or dining room with the family seated in “high-backed” chairs around the table.